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LeBron's Mother -- The Valet SLAP FOOTAGE

4/13/2011 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has obtained security footage showing LeBron James' mother slapping a parking valet at a hotel in Miami Beach last week ... but the video shows Gloria James may NOT have made the first move.041211_slap_v2_still



During the encounter ... Gloria walks up to the valet, Rockfeller Sorel, and gets in his face over the parking situation. As Gloria verbally unloads, Rockfeller takes an advancing step towards Gloria and bumps her.

Gloria quickly recovers and unleashes the slap heard 'round the world with her left hand -- and then swings her purse at the guy's head with her right hand.

Sorel, clearly upset, takes several aggressive steps towards Gloria ... who then slips and falls while retreating.

Gloria gets off the ground and tries to go after the valet -- but several bystanders get in between the two and break it up.

Gloria was eventually arrested for battery and public intoxication -- and then, according to police, she started talking trash to one of the officers.

We called Gloria's Miami attorneys Christopher Lyons and Sandy Becher -- they declined to comment on the video or the matter at this time.

Meanwhile, the valet has made it very clear he intends to go after Gloria in court.

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sonny    

F I R S T!

1202 days ago
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GRYFFINDOR!    

She's trash and the valet guy is just trying to cash in. She's obviously got the "celebrity bug" and thinks she has entitlement, which is more reason for her to be careful! She's too damn old to be going clubbing anyways.

1202 days ago
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Superman    

She made the first move by getting in his face. He pushed her away. She slapped him. He gets upset and goes after her. She slides and falls. People break it up.

Obviously, there was some verbal altercation that lead to this. But, she was drunk anyways. So, she could have just been running her mouth off.

1202 days ago
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Sally    

The valet should not be going to court - he was not seriously hurt. Certainly, he must think he can get some of LeBron's money - he hears the ka-ching. She is defintely wrong and a drunk. They both are trash - it should be thrown out of court.

1202 days ago
5.

Hello is anybody in there?    

Looks like the valet was defensive here Gloria James shouldn't of slapped him but i don't think this is a sueable offend. She just needs some AA meeting and anger management consoling.

1202 days ago
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dapps06    

She just got in his face because "a man can't hit a woman". A lot of trashy women like her use that as an excuse to do as they please without fear of retaliation. His little shove was nothing, what's he supposed to do just stand there while some loud mouth drunk yells right in his face? Nah, she got what she deserved. Last I checked she's not the one playing in the NBA every night, a celebrity she's not...she needs to remember that.

1202 days ago
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mija    

Sure looks like he shoved her a couple times. That's her purse? I thought it was a trash bag of clothes or something. Anyway, she might have a case.

1202 days ago
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jack-55d79    

I know nothing about US law but surely the issue becomes who got in whoms face first. In that by getting in someones face being 'bumped' is a reasonable expectation but being slapped or hit isn't. It always seems so complicated in the US once litigation gets involved. In the UK she'd likely be charged with 'affray' or 'common assault' plus 'drunk and disorderly', then given a small fine and a suspended sentence, or 'police caution' which goes on police records but isn't a criminal record so doesn't have to be declared to employers. If the behaviour was repeated something like a (controversial) ASBO, then as a last resort prison time. In the UK compensation would be unlikely through Civil law without serious injury.

1202 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

I plead insanity

1202 days ago
10.

BREAKFAST4    

She got in his personal space and he "moved" her back, he should have walked away and she should have been more in control. It is a wash bases on the video, Cue Gloria Allred...

1202 days ago
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Johnny Carcinoma    

Just another night out in Miami with drunken slobs and entitled losers.

1202 days ago
12.

Mel    

His job partly entails customer service. If he was having a problem with her, he should have called security and walked away. No idiot in their right mind tries arguing with a drunk. No idiot in their right mind tries fighting with a drunk. He's as much at fault here as she is.

And, no, I don't think getting in someone's face justifies pushing...initially. You get in my face, I tell you once to step back. You don't, I do. You get in it again, now we have problems. This little boy's temper is as bad as hers and he shouldn't be labeled the victim because of it.

1202 days ago
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Stiletto    

Maybe when she didn't slip and fall...maybe she flopped on the ground spread eagle on purpose...those parking fees and the tip get pricey.

1202 days ago
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lynn    

If it was a white person, I'm sure the valet would have not challenged her...I say he had bad customer service. Can't get hyped every time a drunk person loses control. He was sober and should have known better. Minorities always treat each other worse than other races.... I experience it plenty being Hispanic.

1202 days ago
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Celeb Gossip Addict    

My personal opinion is that she is in the wrong, but that is not the law. She got in his face and he moved her away. It was not a push at all. But I think him touching her may still constitute assault not to mention it being an unwise course of action when he could have just backed away from her. I think he should let bygones be bygones unless he lost his job over this.

1202 days ago
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